Friday, June 14, 2019

My Dearest Dietrich By Amanda Barratt GIVEAWAY!

A staggering love illuminating the dark corners of a Nazi prison

Renowned German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is famous for his resistance to the Nazi regime and for his allegiance to God over government. But what few realize is that the last years of his life also held a love story that rivals any romance novel.

Maria von Wedemeyer knows the realities of war. Her beloved father and brother have both been killed on the battlefield. The last thing this spirited young woman needs is to fall for a man under constant surveillance by the Gestapo. How can she give another piece of her heart to a man so likely to share the same final fate? Yet when Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an old family friend, comes to comfort the von Wedemeyers after their losses, she discovers that love isn't always logical.

Dietrich himself has determined to keep his distance from romantic attachments. There is too much work to be done for God, and his involvement in the conspiracy is far too important. But when he encounters a woman whose intelligence and conviction match his own, he's unprepared for how easy it is to give away his heart.

With their deep love comes risk--and neither Dietrich nor Maria is prepared for just how great that risk soon becomes.

Based on detailed historical research, this true love story is at once beautiful and heartrending. My Dearest Dietrich sheds new light on a world-famous theologian . . . and the woman who changed his life.

Pick up your copy here...

ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical novels and novellas, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. Her novel My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love, releases from Kregel Publications in June 2019.

She’s also the author of My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Journey, as well as seven novellas with Barbour Publishing. Two of her novellas have been finalists in the FHL Reader’s Choice Awards.

Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Connect with her on Facebook and visit her online at

My Thoughts...
This was such a difficult subject to write about. We all love stories of Love and loss but this one took a few days for me to take in.  I really don't have the words for this book. I want to YELL read it for yourself to everyone. It was a hard one but Barratt did an outstanding job writing it.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. You rarely give 5 stars, so this is a book that I will be getting for my reading pleasure.

    1. Natalie, You are the WINNER! I will be getting your book out to you today!

  2. Thank you for this giveaway. I want to read this.

  3. Your review was such high praise. If I don't win it I will buy it.

  4. Finally a book I think I would might like to read.

  5. I don't know much about Bonhoeffer, but have heard my pastor mention him in passing on a sermon. This book must have taken a lot of research!

  6. This one is on my to-read list. Would love to win a copy! :)

  7. Barratt truly has talent that's for sure!